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  1. Lots of good discussion happening on this thread!...

    Lots of good discussion happening on this thread!

    For me, I did not decide to write for a mid-size ensemble based on economics. It was simply because I became burned out on conventional big...
  2. Thanks for the question Jbtsax! 5-horn bands are...

    Thanks for the question Jbtsax! 5-horn bands are fairly common. Many of them take a "little big band" approach. A good writer can get a full & rich sound with only 5 horns (using open voicings &...
  3. A Big Band Misconception (new blog)

    Here's a brand new blog entry on my website. It's called A Big Band Misconception. It is intended to be read with my article on mid-size jazz ensemble (a link to the article is in the blog). These...
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    I'm using Weebly.

    I'm using Weebly.
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    Version 2.0 of my website

    Version 2.0 of my website is up & running! While it has a similar look, my site has a number of new features along with more music.

    On the News & Blog page, the Version 2.0 article has details...
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    New Tango No. 6

    I decided to add a couple of originals that have not been recorded to my website. Please use the lead sheet (click on the button) to hear the music in your head....or better yet play it. This piece...
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    Sticky: Done!!!

    Done!!!
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    Yes, think of me as a musical short order cook. ...

    Yes, think of me as a musical short order cook. ha ha
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    Thanks for asking these questions! I don't want...

    Thanks for asking these questions! I don't want to have any limitation to anyone using my music. Here's how I think about it....

    I write in many different ways with regard to styles and...
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    Blues for Lester

    This week's featured original tune on my website is Blues For Lester. This is an extended piece with an eclectic blend of jazz, funk, contemporary classical, and blues. It's an expression of my...
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    Beyond Notation

    Here's an article that I wrote recently and thought I'd share it here. The pieces that I mention can be heard -- except for Smaller Ups & Downs (hasn't been recorded yet) -- on my website. As an...
  12. Pete, Could you please send me a PM to tell me...

    Pete, Could you please send me a PM to tell me more about this. It's not clear to me exactly how and where I'd use Flashblock. Thanks!
  13. I just noticed that my message didn't have a...

    I just noticed that my message didn't have a link. I added it just now. (sound of hand slapping forehead)
  14. A tune to Celebrate Pi Day (3/14)...and it swings!

    "Pi, Why?" is an unconventional blues that uses Pi (3.1415926....) as a sequence of melodic intervals. But do not let that scare you away -- the music swings. The structure of this 18-bar tune is...
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    Thanks Pete! It's putting the foot in the water...

    Thanks Pete! It's putting the foot in the water to see how it goes. If this piece does well, I might add some more ensemble pieces to the agreement. But, a step at a time. I'm also curious about...
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    Salt Marsh Rag Published

    ArtifexMusic has published Salt Marsh Rag (for 5 wind instruments and jazz rhythm section). ArtifexMusic is based in the Netherlands and has worldwide music distribution. This page on my site has...
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    Bonus Track (new website page)

    Bonus Track is a new thing that I'm doing on my website. Each week I feature a different original on that page. Typically, I post a copy of the sheet music, have a recording (sometimes video too),...
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    New Site!

    I have a new website. Please visit and look around. It has recordings & videos of a bunch of my originals (with information about the music), bio, articles, news, links, contact me, etc. There's also...
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    Pete, One of the benefits of writing scores with...

    Pete, One of the benefits of writing scores with flexible instrumentation is that one can take either a conventional or unconventional approach to the instruments being used.

    Most mid-size...
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    Article on Mid-Size Jazz Ensemble

    Here's an article that I've been working on. These are ideas that I've been thinking about for a couple of years. Please read it and post any comments you'd like to offer.

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    Roger's New Website

    I have a brand new web site. Please drop by, look around, and listen to my originals. The site also has an article that I wrote about writing for mid-size jazz ensemble.
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  22. Salt Marsh Rag (5 winds and rhythm section)

    Salt Marsh Rag is now available. It has an early jazz feeling, quirky humor, and a touch of contemporary.

    The piece is scored for 5 wind instruments and jazz rhythm section. The rhythm section is...
  23. New Composition for 5 Winds and Soloist(s)

    I'm looking for ensembles that would like to give my composition Smaller Ups and Downs a reading. The piece is scored for 5 wind instruments and soloist(s). It draws upon avant-garde classical & jazz...
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    UPDATE... My collaboration project through...

    UPDATE...


    My collaboration project through Talenthouse is now LIVE and open for submissions! In a nutshell, musicians & ensembles listen to my music on my Reverbnation page (link is on my...
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    TalentHouse Collaboration Project

    My proposal for a collaboration project has been approved and is now live at TalentHouse. Click on the link for details.

    In a nutshell, musicians & ensembles listen to my music, find a piece they...
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